KPF Commissioned to Design Residential Building in National Landing


JBG Smith (JBGS) has chosen Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates to design its planned residential building at 2000 Bell Street in Arlington, Va., as part of its redevelopment of National Landing, according to KPF.

As currently envisioned, the building will have 28 stories and 379 units. The building will also have a retail component on the ground floor.

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“We’ve been working with them for a while on various projects around the D.C. area, and they were looking for a unique architect to infuse Crystal City with new life,” Trent Tesch, KPF’s design principal, told Commercial Observer. “Our thesis for the site is to position the residential building to be a good neighbor and we want to make sure every unit is thoughtful. From an urban perspective, we want to create edges around the site so that every edge is more active.”

In October, JBG Smith submitted plans to Arlington County for nearly 2.6 million square feet of redevelopment in the area, the future home of Amazon (AMZN)’s HQ2. When completed, National Landing will be an interconnected walkable neighborhood joining Crystal City, the eastern portion of Pentagon City and the northern portion of Potomac Yard.

According to Tesch, the neighborhood has predominately been considered a commercial neighborhood, so the design scheme of 2000 Bell Street will feature aesthetics worthy of a more vibrant community.

“We have apartments on the roof of the ground floor that will have a garden on top, and we are envisioning a lot of trees on the podium of the building,” he said.

The project is currently seeking entitlement with the city of Arlington, and is expected to begin design development by early 2020, with a completion date of sometime in 2021 or 2022.

The new residential building will be located across the Potomac River, near Reagan National Airport with easy access to the Metro.

KPF has also collaborated with JBG Smith on 1900 N Street in Washington, D.C. KPF’s D.C. portfolio also includes 1000 Maine in The Wharf and 200 F Street within the Capitol Crossing development.